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Art and Art History

February 15, 2012

Domestic Tension lecture by Wafaa Bilal

Meyer Auditorium

Artist in Residence, Wafaa Bilal, will present a lecture about his recent work titled “Domestic Tension.”

Internationally acclaimed Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal is transforming the face of art with political and social themes. Often controversial, Bilal’s work combines modern interactive technologies with provocative visuals. As a witness to, and victim of, Saddam Hussein’s brutal rule, Bilal’s reaction has been to create work that illuminates disparities between the comfortable and remote aspects of life in the the U.S. and the violence of war in Iraq.

Praised by the Chicago Tribune as one of the sharpest works of political art, Bilal’s 2004 Domestic Tension reinvigorated debate on war in Iraq. Placing himself at the mercy of a paintball gun controlled by online viewers, “Domestic Tension” skillfully challenged the concept of virtual war. Today, Bilal’s works have become increasingly forceful and intrusive.

Bilal’s visit is supported by the AIR Committee, in partnership with the Dean of Faculty, Student Government, The Mojekwu Fund, The Art Club, The Sonnenschein Gallery, American Studies, the Art Department and the Math and Computer Science Department.

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